Provost Badge Our reproduction badges are made of high-quality solid brass with an 8-pointed star denoting Provost or Provost Guard. During the Civil War, the position of 'Provost Marshal' was established by the War Department on March 3, 1863. A Provost-Marshal was an officer charged with the maintaining of order
and other police functions within a command. Their duties, which were enforced by Provost Guards, included the
prevention of soldier pillaging, plundering, straggling, and gambling,
as well as supervising hotels, saloons and places of amusement.
Provost-Marshals also made searches, seizures and arrests, and they held
custody of enemy deserters and prisoners of war. They issued passes to
citizens and heard citizen complaints. The Provost-Marshal-General in
Washington supervised the draft. Badge has a pin backing and is approximately 1-7/8" wide. Made of solid brass.
Sergeant Irving M. Sedgwick, Congressional Medal of Honor winner and Provost Guard at Gettysburg.